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The Walls Are Screaming XXXIV

THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES // MAY 2012

The Walls Are Screaming XXXVIII

THAILAND // OCTOBER 2016

Fuck Everything XX

And don’t forget….Fuck Everything

GERMANY // APRIL 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XXXVI

FRANCE // OCTOBER 2012

The Walls Are Screaming XXXIV

Perfection Offends the Gods, Stay Simple, Get Weird

CAMBODIA // AUGUST 2015

Fuck Everything XVI

THAILAND // OCTOBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XXIV

Come on baby, eat the rich,
Put the bite on the son of a bitch,
Don’t mess around, don’t give me no switch,
C’mon baby eat the rich

– Motörhead

GERMANY // OCTOBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XXVI

FRANCE // SEPTEMBER 2016

And The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen II

Resistance is futile. Resistance is everywhere.

SPAIN // AUGUST 2010

Making America Great Again VIII

GERMANY // OCTOBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XXI

THAILAND // JANUARY 2017

Fuck Everything XIV

THAILAND // JANUARY 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XVIIII

Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, when he was overthrown by a revolt – dubbed the People Power revolution – and forced to flee into exile to Hawaii, where he died in 1989.

His body was returned to the Philippines in 1993 and has since been kept in a refrigerated crypt in a mausoleum in his hometown of Batac, Ilocos Norte, 470km north of Manila.

In 2004, Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, named Marcos the second most corrupt leader of all time, behind Indonesian authoritarian ruler Suharto.

Despite public opposition, Marcos was buried in a heroes’ cemetery in the capital in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy in November 2016.

Text by Al Jazeera

Guest post by Andrew Marshall

THE PHILIPPINES // JANUARY 2017

The Walls Are Screaming XVII

MOROCCO// OCTOBER 2016

Making America Great Again VII

Donald Trump has been in power for a month. And the world is a different place. The old, tired, kleptocratic two party system in the US is all but broken, replaced by a delusional narcissist who’s making America great again.

GERMANY// OCTOBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XVI

The crowd surges forward. The singer, a 40 something skinny white guy, screams into the microphone, which has been taped to the top of a camera stand. The room is so hot that water drops from the ceiling. The linoleum is coming off the floor as long torn rolls of dirty plastic. The drums thud like painful bowel movements, the guitars sing like angle-grinders. The entire room feeds back and one has the feeling of being inside the moving turbine of an airliner. But it’s not unpleasant. It´s punk rock. The only lights come from a projector and a bed side table lamp. The bar sells little more than beer. A man in front of me bumps into a big woman who falls heavily. For a second it looks like she is going straight through the floor, but the building remains structurally intact. A young muscular punk with a Mohawk and a T Shirt that reads ‘Teach your children to worship Satan’ is trying to hang sheets across the broken windows – the cops have already been around once tonight, concerned about the noise. The skinny old white guy starts screaming again. The crowd, unkempt, lost souls in need of a wash for the most part, pogo and dance, drink and scream like there’s no tomorrow.
New York? London? Paris? Berlin?

No, this is Bangkok, Thailand. Welcome to the Overstay, the city’ s dirtiest, skuzziest, most alternative music venue and hotel. It’s 3am on a Saturday night and the no-name punk band clears the stage. The audience, young low-budget wasters  – hippies and crusties, punks, freeloaders and the confused – have trolled in from the near-by Khao San Road, Bangkok’s backpacker ghetto, bringing a few Thai night lights – rock chicks, tattooed hard men and other lonely souls with them. There’s one more band to play. Waiting for them is like waiting for the end of the world – everything at the Overstay is slightly apocalyptic, starting with the toilets and including all other aspects of this cheap flop house cum music venue.

In fact, the Overstay is so much more than a hotel, bar or club – in its hallowed existence, the establishment has managed to ignite a shit storm of negative publicity on the Internet, garnering shocked reviews for its one-dollar rooms (free in low season) on Trip Advisor and many other hotel-booking pages. Reviewers gush forth hundreds of words, warning fellow travelers about the pitfalls of the Overstay – dirty, unsafe, noisy as hell, with the foreign owner allegedly enslaving those who can no longer pay into running errands. And yet, some of those very same reviewers stay four nights. Beats me.

Prior to its current incarnation, the Overstay had a much more traditional function. The building, located in Thonburi, east of the Chao Praya River, was a brothel. It’s said that two murders took place in there during its glory days. A resident ghost is rumored to haunt the building, but I never did venture into the toilets and hence missed him/her.
As the next and last band, The Klong Riders, get ready for their show, the audience, tanked on Leo and Chang, the cheapest beers available in Thailand and the only ones for sale at the Overstay, has a chance to meditate on a unique cultural gem – this, for better or worse – is Bangkok’s only squat. It is also the city’s only underground music venue of sorts. The Overstay has no air-con, no cocktails and no chattering ex-pats in ironed polo-shirts with dolled up secretaries in tow. There are no journalists here and even what you might call regular tourists are unlikely to be attracted by the decor and the ambience.

The Overstay is completely horrible and many voices on the Net demand the place is closed down. In 2016, the cops and military busted the place and arrested its owner.Fortunately, the place made a come-back and is still going.

Traditional voices continue to rail against Bangkok’s number one underground venue. It is not safe.  It is a shame to Thailand. It would be an embarrassment in any city, and this makes the Overstay vital in Thailand’s capital, an urban sprawl of eleven million people that boasts no alternative music venues. Virtually no rock bands play in this town and those who do are forever in search of clubs to play. Most night spots are either karaoke-hell meat markets, internationally themed pubs in the worst possible taste, or bright, cool and aspiring spaces for the aforementioned chattering classes and wealthy, bored hipsters. Youth rebellion and RocknRoll don’t quite fit into traditional Thai culture. That’s why there are thousands of disenfranchised kids out on the streets every night with nothing to do, smoking amphetamines and racing their souped-up bikes into early teenage graves (or urns, as local culture and faith prescribes). Unlike their adolescent equivalents elsewhere, these kids have no cultural outlet. And they don’t even have an Overstay, as that is dominated by foreigners.

The Klong Riders hit the stage. That´s a largely metaphorical statement, there is no stage as such. The band plugs in on the third floor and roars off, the crowd shakes and screams, they know they are getting their money’s worth – admission is only a dollar and a half. The singer, a tall skinny guy playing his pitch-black semi-acoustic like a machine gun, vomits up his soul and launches into a surf guitar instrumental loud enough to douse the local community in sonic napalm.

Welcome to the Overstay. Check it out. Just don’t use the toilets.

THAILAND // FEBRUARY 2016

Ghost Rider III

GERMANY // SEPTEMBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming XV

FRANCE // OCTOBER 2012

The Walls Are Screaming XIII

GERMANY // OCTOBER 2016

Fuck Everything XI

Fuck Death as well!

THAILAND // FEBRUARY 2015

The Walls Are Screaming X

As there’s so much fake news and post-truth news and newspeak out there, doubting official narratives, be they government or mainstream media, appears to be just as important as keeping one’s distance to the far out right wing conspiracy cosmos that’s growing on the Internet and slowly seeps into our daily lives. Two realities increasingly divorced from what’s actually going on are competing for our attention. Do your own thing!

TURKEY // JUNE 2013

The Walls Are Screaming IX

If there’s one thing that I can’t explain
Is why the world has to have so much pain
With all the ways of communicating
We can’t get in touch with who we’re hating (Who we’re hating)
And now we can’t get in touch with who we’re hating

So turn on (turn on), turn on (turn on), turn on (turn on) the news
So turn on (turn on), turn on (turn on), turn on (turn on) the news

I hear it every day on the radio
Somebody shoots a guy he don’t even know
Airplanes falling out of the sky
A baby is born and another one dies
Highways fill with refugees now
Doctors finding out about disease
With all this uptight pushing & shoving
That keeps us away from who we’re loving (Who we’re loving)
That keeps us away from who we should be loving

“Turn On The News” – Hüsker Dü

TURKEY // JUNE 2013

Fuck Everything IX

Fuck you too. And have a nice day.

GERMANY // SEPTEMBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming VIII

Raise your glass to the hard working people
Let’s drink to the uncounted heads
Let’s think of the wavering millions
Who need leading but get gamblers instead
Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
Empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
And a parade of the gray suited grafters
A choice of cancer or polio

INDIA // JULY 2016

The Walls Are Screaming VII

Keith Richards turns 73 today. From RocknRoll bad boy, drug fiend, human riff and most wasted being on the planet to corporate pirate banker and smug dad of Johnny Depp in one life time. Happy Birthday from The Devil’s Road, Keith. We know you’ve been this way.

GERMANY // SEPTEMBER 2016

Blame The Parents II

Airbnb, Marseille.

FRANCE // NOVEMBER 2015

Fuck Everything VI

They’re only in it for the money.

GERMANY // JUNE 2014

Fuck Everything IV

This fucking city
Is run by pigs
They take the rights
Away from all the kids

Understand
We’re fighting a war
We can’t win
They hate us
We hate them
We can’t win, no way!

 ‘Police Story’ – Black Flag

THAILAND // OCTOBER 2016

The Walls Are Screaming IV

Have you seen this bird?

THE NETHERLANDS // JUNE 2014

Making America Great Again IV

Just like Rome
We fell asleep when we got spoiled
Ignore human rights in the rest of the world
Ya might just lose your own

As the noose of narco-militarism
Tightens around your necks
We worry about burning flags
And pee in jars at work
To keep our jobs

But if someone came for you one night
And dragged you away
Do you really think your neighbors
Would even care?

Full Metal Jack-Off – Jello Biafra & D.O.A.

GERMANY //  OCTOBER  2016

The Walls Are Screaming V

Where do we go from here?

FRANCE // AUGUST 2016

The Walls Are Screaming III

Penis Landscape.

“You cannot enter a better world without breaking in.”

FRANCE // JUNE 2014

Fuck Everything III

Sitting here I’m a loaded gun
Waiting to go off
I’ve got nothing to do
But shoot my mouth off

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme – Black Flag

FRANCE // MARCH 2015

Humans Outside New York VIII

If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m you man,
You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me

– The Ace of Spades, Motörhead

NEPAL // OCTOBER 2011

The Walls Are Screaming II

Don’t let them take your unicorn.

FRANCE // MARCH 2016

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